McGraw-Hill Companies Quarterly Earnings on Deck

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (NYSE:MHP) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, October 20, 2011. McGraw-Hill produces a range of information products and services for the education, financial services, and business information markets.

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $1.23 per share, a rise of 0.8% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.25. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It also has dropped from $1.24 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $2.89 per share, a rise of 7.4% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by one cent, reporting profit of 68 cents per share against a mean estimate of net income of 67 cents per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: Analysts are projecting a rise of 3.5% in revenue from the year-earlier quarter to $2.05 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with six analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the second quarter, profit rose 10.5% to $211.1 million (68 cents a share) from $191.1 million (61 cents a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 7.2% to $1.58 billion from $1.47 billion.

Key Stats:

Revenue has risen the past four quarters. Revenue rose 7.7% in the first quarter from the year earlier, climbed 4.2% in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year from the year-ago quarter and 5.5% in the third quarter of the last fiscal year.

The company has now been profitable for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, profit has risen year over year by an average of 7.9%. The quarter with the biggest boost was the first quarter, which saw a 16.2% surge.

Competitors to Watch: Moody’s (NYSE:MCO), Reed Elsevier plc (NYSE:RUK), Reed Elsevier NV (NYSE:ENL), Thomson Reuters Corp. (NYSE:TRI), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP), Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ:SCHL), Pearson PLC (NYSE:PSO), News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA), and The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT).

Stock Price Performance: During August 18, 2011 to October 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.16 (16.6%) from $36.91 to $43.07. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 9, 2010 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 5.1% (+$1.71) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 5, 2010 and November 23, 2010 when shares fell for 13-straight days, falling 12.6% (-$4.82) over that span. Shares are up $6.66 (+18.29%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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